The therapists at Touch Angel Day Spa may not be heaven-sent, but they do have a healing touch. They specialize in five different kinds of massage: Swedish, deep tissue, sports, pre-natal, and Thai, and can enhance each session with soothing add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy. But their expertise doesn't end there––to help clients feel better from the inside out, they offer a nutritional program and ionic detox cleansing to help the body stay balanced and free of impurities. And, to ensure clients leave looking and feeling their best, the staff also performs cosmetic services ranging from anti-aging eye and lip treatments, to soothing facials that help erase acne, rosacea, and the tiny beards that elves draw on some people while they sleep.
It’s hard to say what’s more impressive: Dora Salazar and Maria Pana’s skincare knowledge, or their collection of passport stamps. The licensed aestheticians and paramedical experts have traveled across Europe, Brazil, and the United States in an effort to hone their craft, and it shows. Dora, for example, draws on her diverse medical background to clear up acne, treat rosacea, and lighten up hyperpigmentation with clinical-grade products. In addition to facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion, the team enhances skin with Perfector treatments that use nanotechnology to boost intercellular communication. This improved communication ramps up cells’ output of collagen and reduces the number of microscopic inboxes clogged with snail mail.
Hi-Tech Hair’s master stylist, Bernard F. Skuzinsky, has owned and operated salons for more than 30 years—his career spans 35. He weaves his experience in with the talents of his staff to primp clients’ manes, faces, hands, and legs during pampering appointments. They fix damaged hair with special conditioning formulas and rehab dull skin during custom facials. The team also showcases its knowledge of aesthetic care by using a softening paraffin wax that readies hands for exfoliating manicures and no-limit patty-cake tournaments. The staff includes waxing specialists to boot, who complement new hairdos by removing unwanted hair from eyebrows, arms, and legs.
Beauty affirmations written in bold print emblazon the pristine, white walls at Pure Luxe, a one-stop salon and spa that swathes clients in indulgent skin, body, and hair treatments. The Pure Luxe team includes Karina, a certified massage therapist, aesthetician, and makeup artist, and Kassie, a stylist and cosmetologist with a passion for transformative ‘dos. Together, they work to relax and glamorize their clientele, performing everything from haircuts and massages to spray tans that prep bods for walking along the beach or trespassing into bronze-sculpture gardens.
Visage Unisex Salon & Spa?s owner, Smadar Botbol, likes to think of hair as an outward extension of its wearer?s personality. This inspires her creative approach to color, texture, and shape, all of which she alters with hairstyling services that include coloring treatments, hair extensions, and relaxers. Botbol also oversees Visage?s spa, whose staff decorates nails with vibrant polish or waxes away feathers too far from the face to be properly preened.
Faye Bailey was beginning an uphill battle when she told her mother she wanted to open her own salon. Faye had been braiding and pressing hair since she was 14, but her mother worked as a teacher––and all 11 of her other children attended traditional colleges. After a brief stint at the university, though, Faye could no longer ignore the pull of hairstyling.
Thus, Faye moved from Macon, Georgia to Florida and started studying at a beauty school. Before long, her dream became a reality: she opened All Dolled Up Salons and Stores. Now a chain of five salons, including a braidery house, her stylists specialize in natural hairdos such as loc styling, cutting, and short hair wraps. But they also color, perform smoothing treatments, and affix weaves to natural hair.